Phyllis M. Felder

phyllis felder
Phyllis M. Felder age 76, formerlyof Alta Vista, IA, died on Friday, October 16, 2009 at St. Mary's Care Center in Winsted, MN. Phyllis Mae Felder was born on September 20, 1933 to Victor and June (Ritter) Johnson in Nashua, IA. Phyllis attended and graduated from Alta Vista Public School. After graduation she was employed as a telephone operator in Mason City, Charles City and later in Alta Vista. Phyllis was united in marriage to Bernard James Felder on February 14, 1955 at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Alta Vista. After their marriage the couple lived south west of Alta Vista where they farmed and raised their six children. Phyllis drove school bus for the New Hampton School District for 28 years retiring in 1998. In their retirement, the couple wintered in Arizona. Phyllis enjoyed and had a great love for being with family and friends. She loved traveling, watching sports, playing cards, preparing food for family events and being in Arizonas warm weather. Phyllis is survived by six children; Mitchell (Pat) of Carthage, NC, Scott (Lynn) of Mankato, MN, Kent (Rhonda) of Lakeville, MN, Jeff (Sue) of Oelwein, IA, Vicki (Neal) Meirick of Pasadena, MD, and Tracy (Roxanne) of Winsted, MN; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; one sister Betty (Al) Manning of Colwell. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bernard on September 29, 2006 and two brothers; Donald and Melvin Johnson of Alta Vista. Memorials: Memorials preferred to the Felder family. Cemetery: Burial will be at a later date. Visitation: There will be a time to greet Phyllis's family from 12:00 pm to the time of the service on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Alta Vista. Service: A memorial mass will beheld at 1:00 pm on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at St. Bermard's Catholic Church in Alta Vista, IA with Father Ray Atwood and Father Tony Hesse saying mass.

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  1. Grandma… what can say… she always had a smile on her face unless you were grandpa who smarted off then their wasn’t a smile, but she had a good sense of humor. She loved to play cards and give you food till you thought you were going to blow. But the food was always really good so you didn’t mind that much. But now she is in a better place now, even though she is going to be missed soo much!But as grandma once told me life is too short, so live it to the fullest. Which i’ll try to do from this day on. Love you always grandma!!

  2. Dear Winsted Felders,
    Nothing makes a friend feel more helpless than not being able to take this sadness away. Thank you for sharing the sweet photos in the on-line album. What precious memories from just a few weeks ago. Our hearts are sad as you mourn the loss of this special woman. I feel blessed by her in that she gave this world an amazing son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren whom I get to have as my friends. May you find some comfort in knowing that you’ll see her again someday … and remember that she’s just going to the party earlier than the rest of us!
    With deep affection for all of you,
    Julie Fasching

  3. Mitch & Pat, Scott & Lynn, Kent & Rhonda, Jeff & Sue, Vicki & Neal, and Tracey & Roxanne, My heart felt condolences on the loss of your mom. I enjoyed getting to know your mom over the last few years, and will enjoy the many memories she left with me. I hope that you too can enjoy in the memories she has left with you. I spoke with her just last Wednesday and she was ready with the exception of not wanting to leave you guys… she was so strong during our conversation, it was a pleasure sharing her thoughts that day as it was every time we had the opportunity to share and spend time. …god bless your mom and your family, Ed

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sadness. Love, Virginia and Jack Stephens

  5. The Tibbs Fiamily is sorry to hear about you loss. Our prayers go out to tthe family. If we can be of any assistance please let us know.

    Friends : of Vicki (Neal) Meirick

  6. To all the Felders, I am so sorry for your loss. What a pleasure it was to see see your mom and most of you about a month ago. My prayers are with you all.
    Brenda “Meirick” Zobeck

  7. Tracy, Roxanne Leigha and Nicole and families –Phyllis/’Tootie’ was awesome! She was our bus driver for a looong time…when I first went to kindergarten and got to sit in the seat right behind her with Jeanne Eichenberger and Melissa Zubrod — to memories of my Dad finally widening our driveway for the school bus to turn around :). She was SO excited that day 🙂 She was just a lovely lady that always new me. I am praying for you and your family and know she will be missed by a lot of people! We love you…

  8. We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Please accept our condolences as you deal with these tough times. Friends : of Neal (Vicki) Meirick

  9. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. I remember Tootie picking me and my brother Chad up for school everyday with a smile. She was the only bus driver I knew that allowed water fights on the last day of school and would drive through snowdrifts to get us to school on time. Tootie was a wonderful person and I have many happy memories of her. She will be missed by many.

  10. Sorry Betty to hear about your sister and also Tim & Susan on the loss of your Aunt. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Jake & Myrna

  11. Felder family, you all have my deepest sympathy. I am very saddened to hear of your mother’s death. Our old neighborhood has lost almost all of our parents. You all are in my thoughts at this sad time. It doesn’t matter how old or sick our parents are….it is still very hard to lose them. Take care….

  12. Sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great lady. I have many fond memories of her taking us to sporting events on the bus and being a big fan of New Hampton sports. My sympathy to the entire family.
    Chris Denner
    Class of 84 NHHS

  13. To all of her family, my deepest sympathy. What an honor it was to help care for her in her final days. She is loved and will be missed by many! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Tootie, you were like a grandma to me. You were always there with open ears and an open heart. Thank you for teaching me how to play Euchure and making me smile when I was down. You will be missed more than you will ever know. Love you!

  15. Tracy, Roxanne, Leigha, and Nichole,
    Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. I know how special your mom and grandma was even though I only met her once…she had to be to a part of your family! You all are wonderful people because of her! Remember that!
    With love,

  16. To the Felder family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and sypmathys are with all of you.

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